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Posted by Ad on June 4, 2012

I’m just gonna drop a little note here, nothing long. It’s just something that’s bothered me for a while now. Video ads.

Anyone who thinks a 30-second ad for a 3-minute vid isn’t gonna make ppl hate their product has to be making something as good as the Avengers, which they probably aren’t. Anyone putting 15-second video ads before vids should at least be making something new and interesting, but I get romantic comedy trailers and random car ads. Isn’t data mining supposed to show me more targeted ads, like games and albums and movies and shows and audio tech and other stuff I actually use?

This is the internet. ppl want to get their content right away. Even a 10-sec intro to a video can be enough to turn ppl away. Watching the Escapist’s various videos, I find that I nowadays just skip 10-15 seconds into the vid. On the other hand, the long intro is an appreciated break between unwanted and wanted content, so I have some margin for when I move from the other window back to the vid. Yeah and I mute during ads.

On that note, I thought we got away from terrible auto-play things, but Forbes (who otherwise seem to be smart enough to not put up paywalls) has one of those things playing whenever I hit their site. Their site consisting of mostly articles to be read. Some sites want to loads tons of little media players and flash things. It’s almost like the internet when I first got on it, except it was midi on ad-riddled geocities and angelfire pages back then.

And apparently, there’s 72 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute. Quantity over quality. Makes me a little sad.

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…on _my_ internet!?

Posted by Ad on February 22, 2012

I’ve been keeping an eye on Techdirt and a few other internet-centric news sources for a while now, ever since the whole SOPA/PIPA thing made the rounds a few months ago. Techdirt was recently blocked in Germany as it was deemed harmful to minors. It’s a site that discusses the internet and related stuff. Who would find that harmful to minors, if not an oppressive regime bordering on an example of Godwin’s Law just a few sentences into this post.

But no, fortunately, it seems it’s a machine that made this mistake, flagging a discussion of content on the internet, which includes pornography, as actual pornography. While it’s a good thing we’re not talking about outright suppression of dissent, we are talking about giving machines a bit too much power. Imagine if a global censorship machine decided an entire country was harmful to minors, and blocked the whole thing from the wider internet community.

Imagine if that country was the USA, with its media giants. The thought amuses me. Seriously, why doesn’t the EU just step up and tell the USA to clean its own figurative nose before sticking its fingers in other nations’s noses. Why doesn’t the EU say that it’ll block all media business with the USA until they’ve sorted out their corrupt government.

Okay, hard words. Really, tho, I think the US government, as a whole, is either inept or corrupt. During the SOPA/PIPA talks in US Congress and Senate, it became apparent that lawmakers are not denizens of the internet and have little to no understanding of how it works. The Daily Show hilariously and wonderfully pointed out that during the hearings, the representatives admitted to not being “nerds” and suggested “nerds” would be brought in. Stewart suggested they use the term “experts”, since they would be brought in for their expertise.

In lack of a clip of that, here’s one from The Alyona Show. Also amusing.

Either inept, or corrupt. Possibly both, given how easily copyright owners were given the keys to the bulldozer while the internet was represented by a handcuffed dude on a plastic tricycle. This changed when Wikipedia and numerous other sites went dark one January day, bringing attention to all of this.

Since then, I’ve learned that lawyers are trolls, lawmakers are tech-illiterate and gullible (or possibly play dumb while being paid by lobbyists), and media giants are trying to take over the world. It’s like a game of Illuminati!, only instead of having the power to control, neutralize, or destroy groups that threaten my Power Structure, I can at most raise the issue in my corner of the web. No MegaBucks to spend, no Transferable Power to offer anyone on my side, no alignment advantage… (yes, I’m using terms from a game)

It doesn’t help that China and Russia are making a play for control of the Internet as well. I don’t like the look of things.

TL;DR: Machines are stupid and should not run the internet. Old people are tech-illiterate and should not run the internet. Media giants are not a democracy and should not run the internet. I’ll leave you with this quote (by me, cuz I thought I wrote something good) on the difference between the lawmaker generation and the internet generation:

“I’d say it’s more a case of (the internet) being a mere communication and information tool for the older generation. Not in the sense that they use it more than we do for those purposes. It’s just that to them, it’s a telegraph and a library rolled into one, and nothing more.

To us, it’s a free theatre, and we can be both on stage and in the audience. To us, it’s a town square, with market booths for everyone with something to sell. To us, it’s watching tv and playing outdoors at the same time. To us, it’s a club where you can meet strangers and a community where you meet friends. To us, it’s a new frontier to explore, right in our own back yard. To us, it’s a world. To them, it’s a means they could do without.”

(wow, this blog used to be about music and games, and the overlap between the two.)

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The Internets is full of stupid

Posted by Ad on December 25, 2011

This is how stupid the internets are. In trying to _edit_ my last post to remove a remark about WordPress, I posted another one instead. See the previous post for what I wrote pertaining to the tags and categories of this one.

This post is _only_ about WordPress screwing up. I like WordPress, but YOU DO NOT PUT FLASHY NEW THINGS THAT ARE BORKED IN THE WAY OF FUNCTIONAL OLD THINGS. Really. Here’s what happened:

New post page. Okay, let’s try it. I write the stuff here… not difficult. Oh, live preview. That’ll work greeeaaat on my old computer, when i blog from there. I add the tags down here… I miss the list of the tags I often use, I’d hate to have variations of the same thing show up as separate tags… Categories, where…? Post. Okay fine. I’ll go edit it to get that right.

Oh, nice, the old editor. Edit tags, edit categories, remove the last remarks, they’re unnecessary… Publish? This is a draft? Okay fine, I’ll publish it now. What, -of-stupid-2 in the permalink thingy? This is a double post? Check blog. Oh great. Back to edit, and write… this.

In other words, this is a good example of how fixing things that aren’t borked borks things. Grr.

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The Internets is full of stupid

Posted by Ad on December 25, 2011

You know how my Blogger account is posted to whenever I feel like it? You know how I use my msn email for stuff? You know how I hang out on vgmusic? No?

Well I don’t. I use WordPress and gmail, and hang out on ocremix.

I recently got myself a bandcamp account to make sure no impostor claims rozovian.bandcamp, but I wasn’t sure if I could use it because Teosto, the music copyright group and royalty collection thing of Finland prevents its members from using it. I’m not a member, but if I want my music on TV, I gotta join some organization like that, and as I live in Finland, that one is the obvious choice. Except I apparently can’t use bandcamp if I join Teosto. Whatever, I’ll figure something out, suggestions welcome.

But while trying to find ppl who’ve discussed bandcamp and Teosto, Google decided I was looking for myspace as well. Granted, MySpace would present a similar scenario, but I was looking for bandcamp/Teosto stuff specifically. I’m glad there’s a verbatim search feature on Google, but there’s no options in between. Say I’m also looking for the words Teoston and Teostolla (Finnish for Toesto’s, Teosto has, belonging to Teosto)… but not myspace. having to write out every permutation and adding OR in between them all is not practical.

While there’s certainly a lot of improvements to Google, there’s a lot of junk in today’s Google that I not only don’t use, but am bothered by when I’m just looking to search for something.

Dear Google, I’m glad you strive to not be evil. Please avoid inconveniencing your users, too.

(Get rid of the stupid site preview, and add an option to remove spammy aggregator sites from the search results.)

On a related note, surfing on a pre-Intel Mac laptop is getting slow, likewise on a pre-4 iPhone. Dunno how much of this is the fault of Apple trying to give everyone the newest and flashiest OS and browser, and how much is the fault of web designers making their sites flashy and ultimately ridiculous to view on the phone. My home parish/whatever updated their website the other day. Now I can’t scroll on their pages, and can’t get to the links to the pdf bus schedules.

Dear internets, please stop being stupid.

(I wish.)

Wait, how do I see which tags I usually use? WordPress…!! Internets, stop inconveniencing ppl with flashy new stuff that screws stuff up. Where are the categories?

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Washington Post vs. Safari

Posted by Ad on October 10, 2011

I’ve been following the Occupy Wall Street thing since I got wind of it last week. I think it’s a great thing, tho what results it’ll yield, when, and at what cost remains to be seen. But at least they’re shining a spotlight on some issues in how the economy looks. Really, money makes the world go round.

But I’ve been having some problems following the thing. I’ve had a few crashes while reading news sites. The Washington Post is one of those sites that without fail crashes Safari for me. Just to be sure, I fired up the site on my iPhone, let it load, and waited. Then the screen went black and returned to the menu. On my laptop, Safari just hangs, and I must force quit. Granted, my laptop is old, and I haven’t updated to the most recent version of Safari (see last post for one of the reasons why), but my phone’s OS and Safari are kept up to date.

While I doubt the Washington Post web crew are anti-Apple (especially with Steve Jobs’ recent death) or deliberately setting up their site to crash browsers and drive readers to other outlets, it’s symptomatic of a problem that a lot of sites has: clutter. Fancy new flashtastic features that most users don’t notice until it bothers them somehow, and clutter. Back in the day, most search engines filled their front page with categories and options, while Google stood apart with its simple, clean, and quickly loaded page. Today, even Google’s filling up their pages with clutter, tho it has the foresight to not load the stupid preview thing on the outdated Safari version on my old laptop.

Really, too many sites today are full of junk. Long pages that take too long to load on a phone, full of superfluous bloatware that crash browsers or that just slow everything down. I might have mentioned 1up.com‘s terrible, terrible ad before. It covered the whole window, and I had to take a moment to look for the “close ad” button. Not good design, not a good user experience. Many sites use a networking bar at the bottom of the page, one of my favorite sites the Escapist is one of them. Obtrusive and annoying, not just on old computers.

Seriously, while some machines have a lot of real estate on their screens, laptops, the more and more ubiqutious pads, and of course phones, have small screens. Sure, I get to about 2.5 megapixels on my desktop machine, but my iphone? Way less. (Sure, you can zoom, but that requires you to change your grip or else you’ll get tendonitis or something from trying.)

So, websites need to be smaller and less demanding for a few simple reasons:

– small screen devices
– compatibility / not crashing
– not annoying users

Rant over.

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SEO

Posted by Ad on May 6, 2011

So there’s this thing websites do… or actually, the ppl running the websites, do. It’s when they utilize a variety of techniques to make their site seem more popular and more important to search engines. This is bugging me, and has been for some time. I like reading about ppl’s thoughts on my music. I like it when ppl mention me or my music. I like it when I inspire jewelry¬†(really made my day, also mentioned on my twitter).

What I don’t like is having to spend so much time rewriting my searches so I can actually find this. Google’s selective searches do a decent job at filtering out some of the sites that pop up, but how do I know I’m not missing out on sites with genuine interst in my work?

So instead of blog and forum posts that mention my music, I get hundreds of free mp3 sites that offer for free a free mp3 of my music as free mp3s. I can’t think of any way it’s ethical to distribute my music on a site that does more to get in the way of my searches than to actually provide ppl with my music. I tried out a few of them, and in most cases they wanted me to install some executable. Even if this isn’t spyware of some kind, most of my music atm is free and shouldn’t require any hoops to get to. Especially not when someone else stands more to gain from those hoops than I do. I mean, I made the music.

And they hide behind the “we just provide access to the content, it’s not on our servers” excuse. I can understand the youtube newb uploading an album or music video of his/her favorite band/artist without considering this is possible sales and views lost from the artist/band (then again, piracy does increase interest and thus sales… at least with Minecraft). This is done out of appreciation for the music. Ripping game contents to share with other enthusiasts and provide a resource for potential enthusiasts? Fine with me. The modding community? I kind’a wanna join it. Free mp3 download for free get rozovian music free download downloads? Leave my music alone you soulless webcrawling zombie algorithms.

When I have an album out, I’ll want ppl to buy it. I’ll want ppl to tell me what they think. I’ll want ppl to stream it from places where I actually get some revenue back. I want _people_ to hear it. I want ppl to hear it from _me_, not from some spamtastic adful directory (that looks like crap anyway).

Some years ago, the only web find for “rozovian” was some Russian philosophy book (not why I chose the name). Then I got on fictionpress with my teen ambitions, I had a depressing blog about being me as a teen, I had a mikser.net account with two semi-decent original tracks, and I had some accounts on some forums. And then ocremix happened. Now I’m all over the web. Almost every mention of “rozovian” online is me and my ocremix tracks. For better or worse.¬†Even that vid of some dude’s oil change tutorial with my music in the background is all over the place. And apparently on every other oil-related site out there spamming themselves with quasi-related content in order to look important to Google.

At least ocremix is big enough to be the top result for “rozovian”. At least for me.

And yes, I’m intentionally adding lots of links to me. Not accidentally. I want the algorithms to know they’re all me, and think they’re all more important. At least more important that free mp3s blah blah blah.

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Ad about ads

Posted by Ad on November 2, 2010

While reading a review for Super Meat Boy (which I’m gonna buy once it’s out for mac) on 1up.com, an ad jumped at me. I’m on my old, slow, laptop, so the ad slowly grew while I had already scrolled down to read, forcing me to scroll back up, assuming there’s a way to close the ad in the upper-right corner as if I was a windows user. And after a click it slowly resizes back into its regular size in the right-side sidebar.

I’m hugely bothered by some ads (and sometimes I bother others, very punny). I used the imagery of a clown running in and yelling “look at me, here I am, this is what’s happening, hey, listen” before, about stuff that get in the way of whatever it is I’d rather be doing. Ads are like that. Same thing when I’m on Gamasutra, kind’a, tho then it’s a flashing, animated, really distracting ad while I’m trying to read a big block of less spectacular text.

It pains me to visit sites whith those double-underlined links that pop up an annoying ad for completely irrelevant, keyword-guessed stuff. It pains me to visit a color-coordinated site with a not quite so coordinated ad. It pains me to have to see another ad of Fiesta’s “too old for my jacket” boy, or any of those stupid online games. If you’re gonna bother me, at least make it something interesting, and make sure it’s not intrusive. I don’t mind ads for Native Instruments stuff on the music sites I visit. I do mind ads for grown-up dress-up games that seem to be a gateway drug to porn (yes imvu, I’ve seen your ads too). And while on the topic of graphic ads, what’s with all the ads that just steal images for movies and stuff. Saw a bunch of them on TVTropes a while back, really not a good impression. And shooting the iPhone to win and iPhone? Stop moving, stop flashing, stop existing!

Much like narrated commersials on TV are overcompressed to the point of sounding like headaches (yes Discovery, and your own ads are the worst), ads on the net are getting more and more in-your-face. Maybe we need regulartion of some kind? Maybe we just need some kind of selective flash-blocking thing (for those annoying flash-based bars that crop up and occupy window space). Maybe I should just start using AdBlock and support my favorite sites with money instead of allowing ads. Maybe that’ll get the sites to stop wasting valuable real estate with crap that make my iPhone surfing really annoying.

Aren’t you supposed to make your products or services appear attractive and appealing rather than make yourselves look obnoxious and disruptive?

On a side note, I’ve been seeing a lot of Fallout: New Vegas ads on those scrolling billboard thingies in Helsinki. Before that, I had seen an FFXIII ad (iirc, it was one of the recent FFs). Before that, nothing. Games are expanding, which is interesting. If they instead had ppl running up to me and slapping me in the face I’d be much less interested.

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